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Webinar: Seeing Beyond Boundaries: Understanding Your Land At Different Scales

In this webinar, we’ll help landowners see their parcel at different scales. We’ll begin on the ground, talking with landowners about their stories of the land, then we’ll zoom out to use BioFinder to see the ecological context in which the parcel sits, looking at how that can provide additional information for land management.
Presenters: Andrea Shortsleeve, Jens Hilke, & Andy Wood 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Webinar: Updating your town plan for Act 171

Since January 1st, 2018, towns and RPCs are required to identify forest blocks and habitat connectors, as well as plan for development in those places in ways that minimize forest fragmentation. This requirement asks towns to look at the larger patterns of forests and dive into the science of what is known about connectivity in their region at multiple scales. Some of the data involved is immediately actionable, but some of the models warrant caution and additional research. Tune in to hear how VT Fish & Wildlife Department can help your town interpret available data and translate it into actionable planning and policy. 
Presenters: Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

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Monday, December 7, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Webinar: Woods, Waters & Wildlife putting the pieces together

In this webinar, we’ll focus on the natural community and species scale components that are present on private lands. We’ll learn more about available data in BioFinder and see what that looks like on the ground and how an understanding of these issues might affect how you manage your land. 
Presenters: Andrea Shortsleeve, Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Webinar: Wildlife Road Crossings

In this webinar, we’ll dive into the science and planning of wildlife road crossings. First, we’ll look at the field science of road ecology and what we’ve learned from years of camera trapping along roads and inside/under bridges and culverts. We’ll also look at the computer models in Vermont Conservation Design to understand these concepts in a landscape context. Lastly, we'll explore how Vermont towns are improving and planning for wildlife movement across local roads. 
Presenters: Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

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Monday, December 14, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Wildlife on the Move: Protecting Landscape Connections in Vermont

Vermont is very important to animals such as bear, moose and bobcat. These animals need large, undeveloped areas to survive. Vermont’s forests and mountains link wildlife habitat between New York, New England, and Canada.

Climate change, invasive species, roads, and development are all threats. Many people are working hard to protect wildlife corridors—or undeveloped, natural landscapes—so these animals can survive, and thrive.

Join us as we explore these corridors and the threats facing animals. We’ll take a closer look at the Shutesville Hill Wildlife Corridor in Waterbury and Stowe. Hundreds of acres have been conserved there in the last two years.

This free webinar is perfect for those interested in learning more about wildlife and conservation.

Presenters: Kim Royar, biologist for VT Fish and Wildlife Department and Furbearer Project Leader Bob Heiser, regional director at the Vermont Land Trust

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Webinar: Enhancing your Backyard, Back Forty & Beyond

In this webinar, we’ll focus on how private landowners can learn more about managing their property whether it’s a large parcel or confined to the backyard. We’ll look at concepts like improving pollinator habitat, enhancing wildlife habitat, and releasing mast trees while briefly using BioFinder to learn more about what ecological concepts might be at play. 
Presenters: Andrea Shortsleeve, Jens Hilke & Andy Wood

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Fish and Wildlife Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 -  5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Monthly Fish & Wildlife Board Meeting

Open to the public

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Requests should be made as early as possible, for example an interpreter must be requested at least two weeks in advance, if possible. Please send an e-mail to: or call the office staff at 802-828-1000.

You must provide 48 hours of cancellation notice before the event, if the accommodation is no longer needed.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
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Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.